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1. Little Women’s Jo March – This was probably the first ‘adult’ book that I read and I absolutely loved Jo March. I loved her attitude and intelligence, especially considering the time period she lived in. I wanted to be just like Jo when I was younger. I wanted to write and open a school like she did in the later books.
2. Harry Potter’s Severus Snape – I loved a lot of characters in this book. They were all great, but Snape always held a special place in my heart. Everything he went through in his life and how he spent it atoning just touched me. It seemed like he could just never catch a break. He was bitter, which was understandable, but he was only human. I literally cried when he died, in both the book and the movie.
3. The Boxcar Children’s Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny – This has to have my absolute favorite series when I was a kid. I loved the thought of living on my own and being independent, just like these siblings did at first. Even after they live with their grandfather they are still responsible and self-sufficient. I loved the mysteries that they solved and the way they always stuck together.
4. The Fairy Godmother’s Elena – This book and entire series is a spin on the traditional fairy tales. I loved all of the books, but this one the most. In this book, Elena had all of the makings of being a Cinderella type character, except for the small problem of her prince being way too young. So through some other machinations, she becomes a Godmother instead. I loved Elena because she was so practical and refused to feel sorry for herself. When she was being abused by her stepmother and stepsister she kept her head up. When her fairy tale didn’t come true she decided to get on with her life. Elena worked with what she had and was content with her life. Which is why it was so much better that she got her happy ending.
5. Charlotte Web’s Wilbur and Charlotte – This was a gorgeous book with wonderful characters. Who wouldn’t want to meet the adorable Wilbur and his best friend Charlotte? Despite my fear of all things insect, I would definitely make an exception for these two.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird’s Finch Family – I fell in love with this family when I first read this book in middle school. It was required for school, but I never regretted it. (The movie was amazing as well.) Atticus Finch was a father that anyone would be lucky to have. And Scout and Jem would have been a lot of fun to play with as kids.
7. Ender’s Game Ender – I think that Ender would be a fascinating person to meet. Highly intelligent, rational, and yet young at heart when allowed to be. He was a great character to read about especially when he was younger.
8. The Heist Society’s Katerina Bishop and friends – Maybe it’s just my inner criminal, but I’ve always wondered what it’s like to be a thief. What’s it like to crack a safe or pick a lot or steal a painting? Maybe that’s why I love movies and shows like that. (‘The Italian Job’ and ‘Leverage’, anyone?) This books was great in that the people doing this were teens! It’s like twice the fun! I would love to meet this group and maybe even join them on a job or two.
9. Frontier Magic’s Eff – This is a series based on an alternate history of America in which magic exists. The main character Eff is a girl that has grown up thinking she’s unlucky and cursed, and manages to be stronger than she ever gave herself credit for. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love a strong female character.
10. Winnie the Pooh – Who wouldn’t want to meet this cuddly bear? Everyone’s friend, kind and thoughtful. Even if he is a little forgetful and loves honey just a little too much, he would still be a great friend. And Tigger, too!